Long Island Rep. George Santos is announcing his reelection bid in Washington, D.C. today, despite being known for his series of lies about his personal and professional life. He also has only raised a total of $5,333.26, making it unlikely that he will be able to win in 2024.
The Republican congressman’s campaign has been beleaguered, with a federal investigation into his campaign finances and a House ethics probe underway. He has also had to return $8,352 to disgruntled donors, putting him at a net loss for the year. Despite this, Santos believes he can raise between $500,000 to $750,000 in the second quarter of 2023.
Santos’ situation has earned him the title of “terrible liar and broke” in the New York Post, and Politico has also pointed out the irony that his campaign “didn’t spend a dime and managed to lose money.”
Entrepreneur Josh Eisen, a top donor to Santos, commented on the situation, saying, “Many of us Americans are willing to accept all sorts of resurrection, perhaps Representative George Santos will be another.” However, he declined to say whether he would back Santos again.
Santos’ campaign woes are indicative of the struggles faced by many politicians who are out of touch with the people they are supposed to represent. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to pull off a win in 2024 or if his lies and financial troubles will ultimately catch up with him.